Secretary Information

Secretary Duties

Grange Secretaries serve the important role of keeping the records of their Grange and communicating with the Grange’s members and with other Granges. This page contains information and resources for Grange secretaries.

 If you have questions regarding any of the information listed below or need assistance with fulfilling your duties as a Grange Secretary, please contact the State Grange Secretary.

Golden Sheaf Certificate (50 year), Diamond Certificate (75 years) and 80 or 85+ year letters:

Silver Star Certificates (25 year) and 55, 60, 65 and 70 year seals:

Subordinate Secretaries should review their membership records at least twice a year and “Applications for Membership Recognition” should be sent to the State Secretary. Grange members deserve recognition for their service to the Grange in a timely manner.

 

Note: The National Grange will not issue certifications more than 90 days ahead of the anniversary date. The only exceptions are illness or relocation and requests for early issuance must be made in writing and attached to Form M. 

Membership Applications & Demit Cards

Secretary: Deborah K. Goodrich (508)-869-3146 secretary@massgrange.org

All Quarterly reports are due at the close of each quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30). The Grange Master or next ranking officer, as well as the Grange Executive Committee or Secretary must sign reports, and the Grange seal must be affixed to the report.

Quarterly Reports

Subordinate Granges

Pomona Granges

Annual Reports

All Annual reports are due at the close of the year (June 30). The Grange Master or next ranking officer, as well as the Grange Executive Committee or Secretary must sign reports, and the Grange seal must be affixed to the report.

Membership Applications & Demit Cards

Junior Granges

All Quarterly reports are due at the close of each quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30). The Grange Master or next ranking officer, as well as the Grange Executive Committee or Secretary must sign reports, and the Grange seal must be affixed to the report.

Quarterly Reports

This report must be forwarded to the State Master no later one month after the close of the six months ending June 30 and December 31.

Report mailed at the end of the quarter to State Secretary

Information and Materials for All Grange Secretaries

Records (Secretary and Treasurer)

Records of meetings are permanent and must be recorded in a suitable record book. Treasurer’s records are also permanent and must be kept in a suitable book.  Secretary and Treasurer books are available from National Grange or any office supply/stationary store. Please note that notepads or spiral-bound notebooks are not permanent. If the records are typed or computer generated, accumulate several years and then bind the pages. Always use permanent black ink.

Communications

Resolutions

Open all letters and envelopes when received and advise the Grange Master or appropriate committee if immediate action is needed between meetings. When requests for information or questionnaires are received from the State or National Grange, please complete and return the information immediately, thus enabling the State and National Grange to operate in an efficient manner.

Resolutions are due on or before August 1st. Please use one sheet of paper per resolution and title each resolution. Send the resolution to the State Secretary as an e-mail attachment.  Any Secretary who does not have access to a computer may still send a paper copy of the resolution to the State Secretary.

The key and cipher for the Annual Word will be sent to each Subordinate Secretary and Junior Leader upon receipt of the December quarterly report and dues, plus any outstanding quarters. Pomona Secretaries will receive both the key and cipher in late December as their annual report and dues are scheduled to be sent in for June 30 of that year.

The Massachusetts State Grange Directory is the property of the State Grange, subsequently no one may use the directory for solicitation purposes, financial, or political use without the express permission of the State Grange Executive Committee. Directory update forms are mailed in June and must be returned by July 15. The Secretary of the Massachusetts State Grange maintains a mailing list of all members and will annually send a list to each Subordinate Grange. Subordinate Secretaries should update the mailing list and promptly return it to the State Secretary. Address and name changes can be submitted at any time to the State Secretary. Please complete and immediately return all directory/mailing list updates for your Grange.

Supplies

All Secretary materials are distributed at the State Session in October and are given to your delegate or your deputy if a delegate is not present at Session. If you do not receive the packet within a month of the State Session, contact either your delegate or your deputy. Manuals, Digests, record books, and other supplies are available from National Grange. Contact the National Grange, 1616 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-4999 or call (888) 447-2643 or on the internet www.nationalgrange.org for a price list.  Some supplies are also available through the State Secretary’s office.  An order form is included in the packet from State Session or can be found

All checks must be payable to the Massachusetts State Grange and earmarked to where the donation or payment is to be credited. Send all checks to the State Secretary EXCEPT your Grange’s donation to the Massachusetts State Grange Educational Aid Fund. Checks to the Educational Aid Fund are to be sent to the Fund Secretary.

Report mailed at the end of the quarter to State Secretary

- for printing

- fillable on the computer

Report mailed at the end of the quarter to State Master

- for printing

- fillable on the computer

Report mailed at the end of the quarter to your Pomona Secretary

Membership Recognition

Non-Consecutive Membership Recognition Application (25 years or more):

The Veteran’s Jewel is available from the State Secretary and is for 50 or more years of continuous membership in Massachusetts Granges. To order a Veteran’s Jewel, use this form:

- for printing

- fillable on the computer

Report mailed at the end of the year to State Secretary

Report mailed at the end of the year to State Master

Granges are required to file a 990-N (ePostcard) each year with the IRS to maintain the Grange’s tax exempt status.  Instructions can be found 

IRS and Massachusetts Filing Requirements

Granges that are incorporated with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to file an annual report with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The form can be found at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cor/corpweb/cornp/npfrm.htm

Other Documents

Directory

Annual Word

Checks Payable to Massachusetts State Grange

Some Supplies and promotional materials can also be purchased from Monroe Classic, Inc. at http://www.promoplace.com/grange  or  http://www.monroeclassic.com/ Contact Mike Warner at Monroe classic with any questions 1-800-868-2330 or email mike@monroeclassic.com